Orange County Cosmetic Dentistry Blog by Dr. Joseph Henry

Cosmetic Dentist Serving Tustin, Orange, Santa Ana & Other Areas of Orange County

February 20, 2018

A healthy bite is important for many reasons.  Our population today is living longer than generations before.  As we age into our 70's, 80's and 90's simple activities that we take for granted become difficult. Imagine not being able to appreciate one of life's simple pleasures like enjoying a meal.  Or perhaps you are suffering from many of the symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) such as migraines, jaw clicking or popping, vertigo, ear congestion, or jaw pain.  Years of...

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December 28, 2017

So why do so many people suffer from the symptoms of TMJ disorders? Today, research suggests that the most prevalent cause is from airway obstruction originating with infancy and childhood. Primitive cultures, such as those studied by Dr. Weston Price demonstrate that within a generation of being exposed to Western culture, the children of these Primitive cultures develop changes in the formation of their jaws and subsequent malocclusions (bad bites). Hand in hand with these changes are changes in the development of the nose, sinus’s, tongue, back of the throat as well as the muscles that run throughout the head and neck.

So how...

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December 21, 2017

The tempormandibular joint (TMJ) is a very complex joint. It functions to open and close the jaw, move the jaw to the right and left, as well as move in a forward and backward direction. This wide range of motion allows speech, yawning, as well as biting and chewing food. These various movements are the result of a uniquely designed joint.

The TMJ is actually the first of the body’s joints encountered proceeding in a head to feet direction. The TMJ is made up of 2 boney parts, the condylar process of the mandible and the glenoid fossa of the skulls temporal bone. In between the condyle and the glenoid fossa is the articular disc...

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October 21, 2014

You have heard the saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.

Did you ever consider how much your smile plays in that first encounter with someone.  Whether it is a first date, a job interview, meeting the future in-laws, or any other time when you meet someone for the very first time.  Do you know someone who covers their mouth when they laugh or when photographed?  Have you ever seen a picture of a celebrity who has everything going on, hair extensions, breast implants, botox, facelifts-but their teeth are a hot mess?  So why do you think someone’s smile or teeth are not a priority as the rest of the body...

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December 04, 2012

The New York Times reported yesterday that insomnia may be linked to difficulty breathing when a person is supposed to be asleep.  Citing a study from the Journal of Sleep, a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, the Times is reporting that chronic insomniacs wake upwards of thirty times a night with 90% of each waking event being preceded by a drop in oxygen saturation levels caused by an obstruction in breathing. This obstruction is likely located in the upper airway (throat or nasal passages).  The chronic insomniac experiences a microarrousal in order to take a breath when oxygen...

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November 06, 2012

Our patient and friend Noreen is smiling again.  She sought out our Orange County cosmetic dental practice to have the smile makeover she has always wanted.  Noreen was unhappy with the dingy color of her smile and her crooked teeth.  She wanted a younger looking smile.  Using 10 porcelain veneers and all ceramic crowns she was able to have the smile she dreamed of.  The porcelain veneers and crowns have a very lifelike...

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May 22, 2012

The New York Times reported on May 20th that two independent studies have shown that sleep apnea is linked to a higher incidence of cancer. One study was conducted at the University of Wisconsin found that a person suffering from severe sleep apnea was 4.8 times more likely to die from cancer than someone who did not suffer from sleep apnea. People with moderate sleep apnea were found to be twice as likely to die from cancer. Doctors conducting the study suspect that the low oxygen levels associated with sleep apnea during sleep are linked to the development of cancerous tumors.

A Spanish study...

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May 22, 2012

Many of my Orange County patients ask me if I can improve their smiles by doing a smile makeover using Lumineers.  The company that makes Lumineers has done a fabulous job marketing their product and bringing it to the public’s attention.  They have also helped raise awareness of how important a smile is in one's personal and professional life.  Lumineers will in some cases improve the appearance of a smile, but it is not the most predictable method to achieve the greatest amount of esthetic improvement of a smile. Because Lumineers add thickness to the outside of a tooth, unless teeth need to be...

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October 17, 2011

Felicia’s case is a good one to share with everyone.  She was referred to me by my friend Norm Huefner, a dentist in Laguna Niguel.  Felicia’s case was complex as she suffered from a number of painful TMJ jaw symptoms.  As can be seen in the before picture of Felicia’s smile, her teeth were worn down due to her destructive bite.  She didn’t like the way her teeth looked, but more importantly she was in a great deal of pain and discomfort.  Felicia said “ I’d wake up each morning...

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August 12, 2011

Did you know that as your teeth wear and become ground down the lower portion of your face collapses?  This process adds years to a person’s face.  In some people, it can look like they wear dentures and forgot to put them in that morning!  A person with ground down teeth, most likely caused from a destructive bite, causes the tip of their chin to draw closer to the tip of their nose when their mouth is at rest.    The entire lower third of a persons face will be shorter making facial creases and wrinkles much more prominent.

So, what can be done?  The answer lies in performing the ...

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